On February 28th, 2018 the first NL Reads event was held at the AC Hunter Library in St.John’s, Newfoundland. Sculpted by NL Public Libraries Collections Librarian, Jewel Cousens, this program was designed to be similar to the popular literary event, CBC Canada Reads. NLReads showcased four books from local authors to celebrate Love Our Local Author (LOLA) Month.
Four readers were selected to read and defend their titles, Jane Adey of CBC for Joel Thomas Hynes’ novel We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night, author Paul Rowe for Alan Doyle’s A Newfoundlander in Canada, library assistant Daniel Murphy for Gary Collins’ The Last Beothuk, and library patron Cynthia Kelly for Bridget Canning’s The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes.
The voting was held online and at libraries across Newfoundland and Labrador with the final votes taking place live at the event.